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Adventures in Early America

Join us as we travel back in time to our nation's founding! Students will spend a week learning about Connecticut's earliest inhabitants, why Litchfield was so important during the Revolutionary War, and hear from one of our most famous residents, Benjamin Tallmadge. Each day students will make paper, churn butter, and learn about the life of a Revolutionary War soldier with the local Sons of the American Revolution chapter. See our calendar for a detailed description of each day.
  • Date: July 28 to August 1
  • Fee: $60 for members; $100 for non-members (includes family membership)
  • Location: Litchfield History Museum
  • Time: 9:30am-12:30pm

CollectionSpace Is Live!
Search the Collection Online!
The Litchfield Historical Society is pleased to announce the launch of Collection Space, a new online searchable database that makes information about items held in the museum collection visible to the public. Only a small percentage of the museum’s rich collection can be on display in the museum at one time, but now even objects in storage are visable online! Find clothing, furniture, needlework, paintings, prints, drawings, household objects, and more. This 6,000 item database represents a third of our total collection, so please be sure to check back in often! Staff is adding new records and additional information every day. If you have any questions, contact the Curator of Collections at 860-567-4501 or

Litchfield: The Making of a New England Town
by Rachel Carley

The first history of Litchfield to be published in nearly 100 years is award-winning!! It's honors include the Award of Merit from the AASLH Leadership in History Awards; Historic New England 2012 Annual Book Prize; the 2012 Linley Award from the Association for the Study of Connecticut History; and Best in Category at the 55th Annual New England Book Show. This lively portrait of the town is sumptuously illustrated with rarely seen maps, photographs, and paintings.

Architectural historian, preservation consultant, and local resident Rachel Carley engages readers with an expansive view of the town's rich heritage through its buildings and landscapes in Litchfield Village, Bantam, Northfield, Milton, and South Farms.

For more information and to order the book, call 860-567-4501 or go to the Litchfield: The Making of a New England Town page.

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Walking Tour: West Street
August 23, 2014
Time: 10:00 am

Drop-in Crafts and Games: Pinch Pots
August 26, 2014
Time: 1:00-3:00 pm

HiSTORY Time: Clara and Davie
August 28, 2014
Time: 10:30-11:30 am

Lecture and Guided Tasting: Forgotten Drinks of Colonial New Eng
August 29, 2014
Time: 6:00 pm

Walking Tour
September 6, 2014
Time: 10:00 am

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